History

It is very unlikely that, when he set up his own horse-cab and transport business in 1883, Arnold Birch had any idea he was founding a dynasty that has provided an ongoing service to Liverpool’s industries, tradesmen and residents right up to the present day. But that is exactly what has happened. The business has expanded and diversified to become a thriving Company, which, with the fourth generation of the Birch Family in control, is well positioned to progress further for another century to come.

Cool Timeline

1919
1919

1919

Arnold’s business had passed to his nephew, Frank Arnold Birch, and had won a significant parcels and luggage contract with LMS Railways at both Waterloo and Crosby Stations. The business had also expanded to include a furniture removals service.

1970
1970

1970

Frank’s eldest sons, Stanley and Leslie, take over the business and develop it into a national haulage business.

1981
1981

1981

John Birch  and his youngest brother,Leslie, acquire Lloyd & Jones.

1982
1982

1982

Jonathon Birch (Leslie Birch’s son) bought into Lloyd & Jones

1983
1983

1983

In 1983 Lloyd & Jones was established.

1985
1985

1985

We became Lloyd & Jones Engineers Ltd

1987
1987

1987

The Company, now trading as Lloyd & Jones, acquires the customers of both Ross & Alexander Ltd, and Hibbert & Carlisle Ltd.

1988
1988

1988

Saw another important milestone for the Company, when it won a major Stores & Purchasing contract with the Mersey Docks & Harbour Company.

1992
1992

1992

Purchased the assets of Panther Tools to establish our Wirral branch.

2002
2002

2002

We opened our Deeside Branch and Winsford Branch

2003
2003

2003

Purchased the Assets of Stanleys AUL to establish our Ashton Branch

During 2003 we also opened our Wrexham Branch.

2008
2008

2008

Purchased the Oldham based Engineers Merchant F Warrens Limited to establish our Oldham Branch.

2012
2012

2012

Following several years as members of the Lloyd & Jones group, TW Forms and HB Tools Limited were merged into Lloyd & Jones Engineers Limited and became Trading Names of Lloyd & Jones.

2014
2014

2014

Purchased the assets of Stoke based Engineers Merchant D.L.Skerrett Engineering Ltd to establish our Stoke Branch

2015
2015

2015

Purchased the assets of Engineers Merchant Woodberry Tools with branches in Bristol and Coventry.

Woodberry Chillcott, as they were formerly known, has been a trusted UK supplier of quality tools, lubricants, fastenings and safety equipment for over 100 years, celebrating its centenary year in 2012

2016
2016

2016

Purchased the assets of abrasive converter SAL Abrasive, expanding our range of services to the industrial sector. This added sites in Newcastle and Chorley.

2018
2018

2018

January ~  Purchased the assets of Preisser UK Ltd, this included the Blue Range Tool brand. This  enhanced our measuring equipment offering.

 


May ~ Purchased the assets of Thomas Proctor & Sons Limited. Proctors have been serving industry since it was established in 1798. Starting out on the banks of the Tyne as ship merchants, as the industries around them changed so did they. This acquisition added Gateshead, Carlisle and Teesside to our Branch network.

 


June ~ Purchased the assets of Tooltek Supplies in Hull.  Adding Hull to our branch network.

2019
2019

2019

November ~  Purchased European Welding Supplies Limited (EWS) of Barnsley, This added branches at Barnsley and Immingham to our network and significantly increased our presence and expertise in the welding market.

2020
2020

2020

June ~ Purchased North Valley Supplies (NVS) Limited in Accrington, Adding a branch in Accrington to the network, enabling us to increase our presence and service levels in the M65 corridor.

 


September ~ During the pandemic, like many businesses’, we took some tough decisions, these unfortunately included the closure of our Deeside, Carlisle and Coventry branches.

2021
2021

2021

March ~ Purchased Mersey Equipment Co Limited in Birkenhead.  Established in 1949 , Mersey Equipment Company Ltd was a family-run welding and safety supplies business, with over 60 years’ experience in the welding supply industry.

 


May ~ Opened our Mansfield branch.

 


December ~ Purchased the PSI Industrial Supplies Limited in Ellesmere Port Cheshire.  Adding Ellesmere Port to our branch network. PSI has been trading since 1990, specialising in Pneumatic / Instrumentation / Pressure Gauges.

2022
2022

2022

June ~ Mersey Equipment Co Limited was collapsed and the business transferred to our Wirral branch to trade as part of Lloyd & Jones. Strengthening the welding skill base within our wirral depot.

 


August ~ PSI Industrial Supplies Limited was collapsed and their depot becomes Lloyd & Jones Ellesmere port, adding a significant skill base in pneumatics to the Lloyd & Jones portfolio.

 


August ~Planet Welding Industrial Limited was purchased by Lloyd & Jones in  May 2022, in August the company was collapsed and re-located into our Newcastle Branch. This expands our welding customer and skill base.

With the view of giving its customers the maximum level of support possible, Lloyd & Jones employs experts in several technical fields. They include, mechanical and electrical engineers as well as specialists in tool-making, paint supply, fasteners, welding , abrasives and protective clothing. Their advice is free and they are readily available.

Lloyd & Jones conducts its business from spacious and superbly stocked premises on Regent Road, Bootle, near the Millers Bridge Junction. The complex houses an efficient and speedy trade counter, backed up by staff who are fully conversant with all aspects of the merchandise. Through continuous training, the company endeavours to make all staff aware of every facet of the business. Despite the general downturn in UK manufacturing, Lloyd & Jones has seen trade continue to increase, as a result, more jobs have been created and they now have 40 staff at their Bootle headquarters and over 190 company wide. Lloyd & Jones has a proud tradition of supporting engineering and port-related industries in the UK. The Company currently has an extensive portfolio of large national and international customers and numerous smaller local and national accounts.

Lloyd & Jones continue to expand and serves local, national and international industries and businesses with engineering and maintenance materials, creating a one-stop operation. This is backed up with over 23,000 stock items, ranging from abrasives, hand and power tools, protective clothing and fasteners to welding supplies and zinc anodes.